Updated Dec 13, 2021

How much does a Senior Game Designer make?

Updated Dec 13, 2021

Experience

$118,748 / yrTotal Pay
$98,628 / yrBase Pay
$20,120 / yrAdditional Pay

$118,748

 / yr
$63K$299K
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The estimated total pay for a Senior Game Designer is $118,748 per year in the United States area, with an average salary of $98,628 per year. These numbers represent the median, which is the midpoint of the ranges from our proprietary Total Pay Estimate model and based on salaries collected from our users. The estimated additional pay is $20,120 per year. Additional pay could include cash bonus, commission, tips, and profit sharing. The "Most Likely Range" represents values that exist within the 25th and 75th percentile of all pay data available for this role.

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Electronic Arts
4.1

Electronic Arts

Senior Game Designer

$126,940

 /yr
Range: $85K - $163K
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$85K

$163K

$85,193 - $163,295 Range

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MZ
3.2

MZ

Senior Game Designer

$143,343

 /yr
Range: $143K - $143K

$143K

$143K

$143,343 - $143,343 Range

Blizzard Entertainment
3.7

Blizzard Entertainment

Senior Game Designer

$115,432

 /yr
Range: $61K - $142K

$61K

$142K

$61,126 - $141,615 Range

Trion Worlds
3.2

Trion Worlds

Senior Game Designer

$108,703

 /yr
Range: $102K - $117K

$102K

$117K

$102,094 - $116,691 Range

Microsoft
4.4

Microsoft

Senior Game Designer

$144,051

 /yr
Range: $124K - $170K

$124K

$170K

$123,592 - $169,826 Range

Jam City
4.3

Jam City

Senior Game Designer

$105,301

 /yr
Range: $81K - $130K

$81K

$130K

$81,003 - $130,345 Range

Riot Games
4.1

Riot Games

Senior Game Designer

$159,113

 /yr
Range: $116K - $191K

$116K

$191K

$116,019 - $191,459 Range

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Wizards of the Coast
3.3

Wizards of the Coast

Senior Game Designer

$114,397

 /yr
Range: $99K - $136K

$99K

$136K

$99,482 - $135,980 Range

Sony Online Entertainment
2.7

Sony Online Entertainment

Senior Game Designer

$88,552

 /yr
Range: $75K - $124K

$75K

$124K

$74,702 - $123,513 Range

ArenaNet
3.3

ArenaNet

Senior Game Designer

$109,603

 /yr
Range: $73K - $124K

$73K

$124K

$73,186 - $123,966 Range

Walt Disney Company
4.0

Walt Disney Company

Senior Game Designer

$118,279

 /yr
Range: $95K - $137K

$95K

$137K

$95,153 - $136,955 Range

Scopely
4.2

Scopely

Senior Game Designer

$126,400

 /yr
Range: $105K - $139K

$105K

$139K

$105,008 - $139,104 Range

Zynga
4.4

Zynga

Senior Game Designer

$126,792

 /yr
Range: $83K - $159K

$83K

$159K

$82,736 - $158,570 Range

Big Fish Games
3.6

Big Fish Games

Senior Game Designer

$117,556

 /yr
Range: $112K - $122K

$112K

$122K

$111,585 - $122,373 Range

Treyarch
3.8

Treyarch

Senior Game Designer

$160,023

 /yr
Range: $63K - $178K

$63K

$178K

$63,430 - $178,340 Range

Bungie
4.1

Bungie

Senior Game Designer

$114,327

 /yr
Range: $107K - $123K

$107K

$123K

$107,334 - $122,815 Range

Red 5 Studios
2.4

Red 5 Studios

Senior Game Designer

$116,609

 /yr
Range: $97K - $133K

$97K

$133K

$97,461 - $132,560 Range

Naughty Dog
4.3

Naughty Dog

Senior Game Designer

$125,243

 /yr
Range: $122K - $127K

$122K

$127K

$122,261 - $126,889 Range

38 Studios
3.5

38 Studios

Senior Game Designer

$90,660

 /yr
Range: $85K - $101K

$85K

$101K

$84,882 - $101,351 Range

Ubisoft
3.8

Ubisoft

Senior Game Designer

$135,302

 /yr
Range: $100K - $156K

$100K

$156K

$100,000 - $156,258 Range

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$107,000

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10 days ago by a Senior Level Designer with 4 to 6 years of experience

$120,000

/yrAvg Base Salary
Stock Bonus$110,000/yr

10 days ago by a Senior Game Designer with 1 to 3 years of experience

$160,000

/yrAvg Base Salary

12 days ago by a Senior Narrative Designer with 1 to 3 years of experience

$100,000

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13 days ago by a Senior Level Designer with 10 to 14 years of experience

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$150,000

/yrAvg Base Salary

21 days ago by a Senior Game Designer with 1 to 3 years of experience

$110,000

/yrAvg Base Salary
Cash Bonus$15,000/yr

21 days ago by a Senior Content Designer with 4 to 6 years of experience

$191,713

/yrAvg Base Salary

21 days ago by a Senior Game Designer with 7 to 9 years of experience

$109,603

/yrAvg Base Salary

23 days ago by a Senior Game Designer with more than 15 years of experience

$139,104

/yrAvg Base Salary
Cash Bonus$30,000/yr
Stock Bonus$40,000/yr

24 days ago by a Senior Content Designer with 4 to 6 years of experience

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Frequently asked questions about a Senior Game Designer salaries

The national average salary for a Senior Game Designer is $109,716 per year in United States. Filter by location to see a Senior Game Designer salaries in your area. Salaries estimates are based on 273 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by a Senior Game Designer employees.

The highest salary for a Senior Game Designer in United States is $146,836 per year.

The lowest salary for a Senior Game Designer in United States is $81,979 per year.

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